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Mainstream Interaction with Farmers in the New FAO Culture

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At the 35th session of the FAO Conference in Rome from November 18 to 22, the $ 42.6 million, three-year Immediate Plan of Action of the Independent External Evaluation (IEE) was approved - a reform initiative blueprint that will drastically change the structure of the FAO. IFAP actively participated in the discussion and brought forth the views of farmers. The IFAP delegation met with FAO leadership and technical staff to initiate much-needed developments toward a mutually beneficial relationship that put farmers at the center of FAO policies. IFAP Vice President Elisabeth Gauffin pointed out the need for farmers to be associated as a key partner in the “new FAO.”

FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf told the Conference that there would be a "sweeping overhaul of the way FAO works," and in response IFAP insisted on the increased consultation and participation of farmers in this process. IFAP looks forward to being a key partner in preparations for the Summit he proposed for early next year to make sure farmers in developing countries play key roles in leading investment in infrastructure and improved productivity. In her speech, Ms Gauffin shared Diouf’s appeal for a new system of governance of world food security, and emphasized the importance of farmers being included in a consultative process for policy formulation and implementation to ensure that farmers in developing and developed countries alike earn a decent living. To watch Ms Gauffin’s speech in its entirety, visit

IFAP is the world farmers’ organization, representing 600 million family farmers grouped in 120 national organizations in 80 countries. It is a global network in which farmers from industrialized and developing countries exchange concerns and set common priorities. IFAP has been advocating farmers’ interests at the international level since 1946 and has General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.



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